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Five Obstructions For Architecture

common room lecture at Hafele showroom January 22, 2009. New Practices New York 2008 competition and installation program

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Five Obstructions For Architecture

  1. 1. 5 O B ST RUCTIO NS (for Architec ture) common room 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  2. 2. 1. APPRO PRIATE THE EV E R YD A Y common room (Fig. 6) Film still from common room video for New Practices 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 New York exhibition t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  3. 3. 1. APPRO PRIATE THE EV E R YD A Y common room (Fig. 7) Film still from common room video for New Practices 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 New York exhibition t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  4. 4. common room Plan based on the daily routines, activities and interactions of users. (Fig. 8) New York Foundation for the Arts: context model of 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 empty space with silhouettes t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  5. 5. Think about organizational structures, work processes and physical common room (Fig. 9) New York Foundation consequences in a systemic way. for the Arts: program area 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 diagram 01 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  6. 6. common room An alternative to a structured institutional hierarchy, important points (Fig. 10) New York Foundation for the Arts: program area of interaction emerge from existing everyday patterns of use. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 diagram 02 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  7. 7. common room To what extent can space planning change the work flow and inter- (Fig. 11) New York Foundation for the Arts: axonometric of personal relationships within an office? 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 existing space t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  8. 8. common room (Fig. 12) New York Foundation for the Arts: axonometric of 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 schematic design t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  9. 9. common room Take advantage of instances of daily use that already exist, or would (Fig. 13) New York Foundation for the Arts: existing offices naturally occur in a certain context. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  10. 10. common room An encouragement of the appropriation of existing built structures (Fig. 22) common room 2, table of contents, exhibition through inhabitation is central to our work. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  11. 11. common room Engagement and response demand negotiating everyday space. (Fig. 23) common room 2, Communal Spaces/Community 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 Places/Common Rooms - An t: 212.358.8605 Architektur, exhibition f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  12. 12. common room Sometimes everyday common space is taken for granted until it is (Fig. 24) common room 2, Making Room for Redundancy, altered. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 exhibition t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  13. 13. common room (Fig. 25) common room 2, Form Groups – ifau + Jesko Fezer, 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 exhibition t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  14. 14. common room The familiar nature of the installation material opens the show up to a (Fig. 26) common room 2, Form Groups – ifau + Jesko Fezer, wider range of opinions and response. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 exhibition t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  15. 15. 2. NEVER FINISH common room (Fig. 27) Film still from common room video for New Practices 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 New York exhibition t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  16. 16. 2. NEVER FINISH common room (Fig. 28) Film still from common room video for New Practices 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 New York exhibition t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  17. 17. common room To never finish is to acknowledge that to conceive and use architecture (Fig. 29) New Practices New York, axonometric sketch of are an interconnected process. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 installation proposal t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  18. 18. common room This requires thinking through and sometimes planning scenarios for (Fig. 30) New Practices New York, installation the continued use of a project. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  19. 19. common room It also means that while the scenario may be planned the architecture (Fig. 31) New Practices New York, ‘Publishing’ discussion with needs to be designed to accept unexpected situations. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 David Reinfurt and David Senior t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  20. 20. common room Patterns of work and movement are emphasized as the material interior (Fig. 33) New York Foundation for the Arts, movement line map architecture of the office is dropped out. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  21. 21. common room A plan is only complete once it is inhabited. (Fig. 34) New York Foundation for the Arts, axonometric - 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 program relationships t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  22. 22. common room (Fig. 36) New York Foundation for the Arts, model photo 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  23. 23. common room Budget restrictions predetermine the need for adjustment and (Fig. 37) New York Foundation for the Arts, axonometric - user negotiation once the space is occupied. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 influence step 01 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  24. 24. common room (Fig. 38) New York Foundation for the Arts, axonometric - user 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 influence step 02 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  25. 25. common room (Fig. 39) New York Foundation for the Arts, axonometric - user 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 influence step 03 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  26. 26. common room Basic spatial relationships offer the opportunity for administration of (Fig. 40) CANADA, axonometric the gallery, exhibitions, and meetings to occur continuously and 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 t: 212.358.8605 seamlessly. f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  27. 27. common room Becoming part of the community of users…through shared resources, (Fig. 41) CANADA, reception consultation and critique with other cultural practitioners… is an on- 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 t: 212.358.8605 going process. f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  28. 28. 3. SH A R E SPACE common room (Fig. 42) Film still from common room video for New Practices 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 New York exhibition t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  29. 29. 3. SH A R E SPACE common room (Fig. 43) Film still from common room video for New Practices 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 New York exhibition t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  30. 30. common room A collective resource for about 3500 residents. (Fig. 44) Seward Park Shop Fronts, rendering of design 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 proposal t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  31. 31. common room (Fig. 46) Seward Park Shop Fronts, context - memorial 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 plaque for cooperation at Seward t: 212.358.8605 Park property f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  32. 32. common room Maintenance issues extend to the more public areas of the commercial (Fig. 47) Seward Park Shop Fronts, existing conditions strip. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  33. 33. common room A questionnaire, drafted to be filled out by each tenant (only one (Fig. 48) Seward Park Shop Fronts, commercial tenant complete survey was returned to us). 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 survey t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  34. 34. common room Collective space for both sides of the Shop Front interface - local (Fig. 50) Seward Park Shop Fronts, design proposal, plan of consumers and commercial tenants. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 supermarket plaza t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  35. 35. common room (Fig. 51) Seward Park Shop Fronts, design proposal, section 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 of shop front fascia and sidewalk t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  36. 36. common room Sharing space is not easy…as an obstruction it may be the easiest to (Fig. 52) CANADA, wrapping artwork on the gallery table conceive and the hardest to commit to. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  37. 37. common room There is a general mis-understanding about what it means to share (Fig. 53) CANADA, exhibition and office areas architectural space. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  38. 38. common room It does not means sacrificing identity or personal space. (Fig. 54) CANADA, axonometric - gallery table 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  39. 39. common room It requires negotiation, working out how and when groups and events (Fig. 55) CANADA, exhibition and storage areas can be sequenced or overlapped within a given space. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  40. 40. common room Shared space occurs at different scales - cross-programmed (Fig. 56) New York Foundation for the Arts, axonometric - conference areas, informal staff meeting areas and workstation 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 shared space t: 212.358.8605 configurations. f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  41. 41. common room The workstations balance privacy with an open office landscape. (Fig. 57) New York Foundation for the Arts, axonometric - work 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 space areas t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  42. 42. common room (Fig. 58) New York Foundation for the Arts, axonometric -l work 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 stations (detail) t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  43. 43. common room Individual workstations are arranged in linear organizations. (Fig. 59) New York Foundation for the Arts, axonometric - work 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 station desks t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  44. 44. common room The workstations are divided or combined through the installation of (Fig. 61) New York Foundation for the Arts, axonometric - work individual desktop storage accessories. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 station desks with user t: 212.358.8605 components f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  45. 45. common room The plants are as much about visual privacy as they are about the (Fig. 62) New York Foundation for the Arts, axonometric - work shared responsibility of maintaining them. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 station desks with planted trough t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  46. 46. common room (Fig. 63) New York Foundation for the Arts, working drawing - 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 workstations t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  47. 47. 4. INCLUD E DIFFE RENCE common room (Fig. 64) Film still from common room video for New Practices 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 New York exhibition t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  48. 48. 4. INCLUD E DIFFE RENCE common room (Fig. 65) Film still from common room video for New Practices 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 New York exhibition t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  49. 49. common room Architecture rarely operates in a perfect environment. (Fig. 66) Lehigh Liberty Center, collage of office and storage use 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 adjancency t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  50. 50. common room Organize around difference in program: commercial office space and (Fig. 67) Lehigh Liberty Center, axonometric - detail of program personal storage facility. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 organization on floors 2,3 and 4 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  51. 51. common room (Fig. 68) Lehigh Liberty Center, axonometric - program 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 organization, phase 01 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  52. 52. Recognize the potential for selective activation of the existing common room (Fig. 71) Lehigh Liberty Center, resources and new development. axonometric - detail of market 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 place program organization, t: 212.358.8605 phase 02 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  53. 53. common room The relationship of open work spaces to enclosed office spaces (Fig. 72) New York Foundation for the Arts, axonometric - open requires a less privileged treatment of the perimeter. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 work stations and private offices t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  54. 54. common room Enclosed office spaces create filters and thresholds between the open (Fig. 73) New York Foundation for the Arts, construction photo - work spaces and public areas. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 open work stations and private t: 212.358.8605 offices f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  55. 55. common room Various types of space for gathering create difference and interruption. (Fig. 74) New York Foundation for the Arts, axonometric - 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 resource spaces t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  56. 56. common room Alternatives for poorly framed problems are frequently offered as a way (Fig. 76) New Practices New York, ‘Institutions’ discussion with to challenge current institutional conventions…should the problems 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 Olympia Kazi, Damon Rich, Beth t: 212.358.8605 not be re-framed? Stryker and Gwendolyn Wright f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  57. 57. common room Difference is related to accounting for multiple points of view. (Fig. 77) New Practices New York, common circular 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 publication t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  58. 58. common room Managing difference by looking for a format that gives representation to (Fig. 78) New Practices New York, common room portfolio a wide range of concerns. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 submission t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  59. 59. 5. DON’T B E N EW common room (Fig. 79) Film still from common room video for New Practices 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 New York exhibition t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  60. 60. 5. DON’T B E N EW common room (Fig. 80) Film still from common room video for New Practices 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 New York exhibition t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  61. 61. common room Question base values and given expectations. One often ends up (Fig. 81) New York Foundation for the Arts, axonometric somewhat to the side of what is expected. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  62. 62. common room Often what a space needs is already there, one just needs to draw (Fig. 82) New York Foundation for the Arts, axonometric - attention to it. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 program distribution diagram t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  63. 63. common room We look for existing resources…sometimes because we must. A grid of (Fig. 83) New York Foundation for the Arts, reflected ceiling plan existing light fixtures becomes a field of reference for varied activities. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  64. 64. common room Aspects of the new overlap with the territory of the everyday and (Fig. 84) New York Foundation for the Arts, construction photo - difference. All these obstructions share an awareness of the common. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 ceiling articulation t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  65. 65. common room New and existing furniture elements form the contingent relationship (Fig. 85) New York Foundation for the Arts, working model between the institution and the community that uses it. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  66. 66. common room Subversion of an intended program is often a way to express (Fig. 87) New York Foundation for the Arts, construction photo - something that is of value to architecture. This however easily results 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 office enclosure t: 212.358.8605 in an obvious form of expression and quickly looses interest. f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  67. 67. common room Sometimes it is better to do nothing. (Fig. 88) Seward Park Shop Fronts, existing conditions 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 punchlist t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  68. 68. common room Principal strategies instead of surface solutions. (Fig. 89) Seward Park Shop Fronts, strategies for design 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 proposal t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  69. 69. common room (Fig. 90) Seward Park Shop Fronts, strategies for design 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 proposal t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  70. 70. common room “No difference can ever be new… (Fig. 91) common room 2, Universal fittings - Rey Akdogan 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 Craig Buckley screening, t: 212.358.8605 installation f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  71. 71. common room …because if it were really new it could not be recognised as (Fig. 92) common room 2, Universal fittings - Rey Akdogan difference.” Boris Groys 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 Craig Buckley screening t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  72. 72. common room Innovation means to question or challenge what you take for granted. (Fig. 93) common room 2, Universal fittings - Rey Akdogan 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 Eric Anglès - open edition 2N7 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  73. 73. common room The simple occupation of institutional space can be a powerful (Fig. 94) common room 2, Universal fittings - Rey Akdogan architectural act. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 Eric Anglès - open edition 2N7 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  74. 74. common room (Fig. 95) common room 2, Universal fittings - Rey Akdogan 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 Alex Kitnick - Putting our heads t: 212.358.8605 together f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  75. 75. common room Exchange and discussion as a means to expand the field of (Fig. 96) common room 2, Universal fittings - Rey Akdogan engagement. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 Meredith TenHoor - Vacuum t: 212.358.8605 Suction Conveyance, part 1 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  76. 76. common room 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  77. 77. common room 1. Appropriate the Everyday: record Madison Square Park Soundtrack. (Fig. 97) Häfele showroom exhibition 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  78. 78. common room 2. Never Finish: update common room lecture file. (Fig. 98) Häfele showroom exhibition 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  79. 79. common room 3. Share Space: extend exhibition to Madison Square Park. (Fig. 99) Häfele showroom exhibition 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  80. 80. common room 4. Include Difference: paint showroom windows gray. (Fig. 100) Häfele showroom exhibition 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  81. 81. common room 5. Don’t be New: re-use pedestal from New Practices New York (Fig. 101) Häfele showroom exhibition installation. 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net
  82. 82. special thanks to: Justin Capuco Luke Cohen Rachel Himmelfarb John Risch Chris Starkey common room 465 grand street 4c, ny, ny 10002 t: 212.358.8605 f: 212.358.8609 e: info@common-room.net

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